Locomotive Roster for the weekend 23rd & 24th & Wednesday 27th March 2019

The motive power for this weekend’s passenger services will be as follows:

  • Saturday 23rd March:
    Steam service – LMS ‘Black 5’ Class 5MT 4-6-0 45212 (6 coaches)
    Diesel service – Class 101 diesel multiple unit
  • Sunday 24th March:
    Steam service – LMS ‘Black 5’ Class 5MT 4-6-0 45212 (5 coaches)
    Diesel service – Class 101 diesel multiple unit
  • Wednesday 27th March:
    Diesel railcar service – Class 101 diesel multiple unit

Timetables:

  •  Saturday 23rd March – Green timetable
  • Sunday 24th March – Blue timetable.
  • Wednesday 27th March – Yellow timetable

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Network Rail Volunteer day

It has been a while since James Barlow submitted his Civil Department report of the goings on around the Railway, but, as always we are delighted that his virtual pen has taken to writing another of his informative articles. Some may not know but occasionally we have members of staff (and occasionally machinery) from the big railway organisations for training exercises or, as in this case, helping out on their organisation’s volunteer days. James takes up the story.

I can only apologise for how long it has taken me to put another news article together. Hopefully you have kept yourself updated via Push and Pull which my colleague writes the articles for. There is also now a Facebook group, search Transatlantic Bridge Construction Company (KWVR) and it should come up. We do try and update that group live from site when we can. Hopefully, I can keep it up and provide articles on a regular basis from now on. This article will talk about something briefly alluded to in Push and Pull, that is some of the help we get from the rest of the industry, enjoy!

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Locomotive Roster for the weekend 26th & 27th January 2019

The motive power for this weekend’s passenger services will be as follows:

  • Saturday 26th January:
    Steam service – BR Standard 2 Class 2MT 2-6-0 78022
    Diesel service – Class 101 diesel multiple unit
  • Sunday 27th January:
    Steam service – BR Standard 2 Class 2MT 2-6-0 78022
    Diesel service – Class 101 diesel multiple unit

Timetables:

  •  Saturday 26th January – Green timetable
  • Sunday 27th January – Blue timetable.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Oxenhope Buffet Opening Hours

With the change of the times of the first train from Oxenhope, the Buffet opening times have been changed. The Buffet will open 30 minutes before the first train departs Oxenhope, ie 09.45

Advance Notice

As advised in previous notices the News Editor is heading south for an extended break and a well earned (at least he thinks so) holiday of a lifetime. This will be the last notice for a while with normal service being resumed for the weekend of the 23rd & 24th March.

Fear not, however!

The weekly roster will be posted on the Home section of the website, so please look on the website for an update. Our marketing team are a busy lot with not enough hours in their day, but will hope to post the roster by the Thursday evening prior to the weekend.

‘Bahamas’ Railtour to Carlisle 9th February 2019

As previously advertised, following the most exhaustive overhaul the locomotive has received in since 1961 and now resplendent in its Brunswick Green livery, LMS Stanier ‘Jubilee Class’ 4-6-0 no. 45596 ‘Bahamas’, is returning to the Worth Valley and, for the first time in 25 years and will run on the mainline with seats available for the general public!

Promoted by Keighley & Worth Valley Railway in partnership with Bahamas Locomotive Society, ‘Bahamas’ will run from Oxenhope to Carlisle and return on Saturday 9th February 2019. This will be a unique opportunity, the railtour being the first time that ‘Bahamas’ has completed a revenue earning run on the mainline since 1994!

If you missed out the first time round, due to a cancellation by a passenger, we have now available THREE seats in Premier Dining.

Premier dining

Enjoy First Class carriages with a full English breakfast served on the outward journey and a four course meal on the return.

Dietary requirements: Meals are provided to a set menu and we can offer a vegetarian option to our dining customers, providing the request is made in advance. On receipt of your booking confirmation, customers requiring a vegetarian alternative should email our Haworth office, admin@kwvr.co.uk, quoting your booking reference number and requesting the vegetarian option to be provided.

Regretfully, due to the constraints associated with on train catering, we are unable to offer any other special dietary requirements.

Premier dining service provided by The Gravy Train Catering Company.

Tickets: £265

To book these places please call Haworth station on 01535 645214, 09.30 – 16.30 Monday – Friday

Locomotive Roster for the weekend 19th & 20th January 2019

With the reduced number of passengers on our winter services our steam hauled services consist of 4 coaches, sufficient for Class 2 motive power, which this weekend will be BR ‘Ivatt’ Class 2MT 2-6-2 41241 with 5 round trips on Saturday, Green timetable, and 4 on Sunday to the Blue timetable.

Visitors should note that we are now operating to a revised Green timetable with the first Saturday diesel railcar service of the day departing from Haworth at 09.00 and not Oxenhope as in previous years. The diesel service will be operated on both days by our Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Oxenhope Buffet Opening Hours

With the change of the times of the first train from Oxenhope, the Buffet opening times have been changed. The Buffet will open 30 minutes before the first train departs Oxenhope, ie 09.45

Advance Notice

As Winter bites and the News Editor advances in years, like our Summer birds, he is heading south for an extended break and a well earned (at least he thinks so) holiday of a lifetime. Unfortunately a replacement editor has not been trained up yet, so, reluctantly, you will not receive a locomotive roster update each week to your in-box. The last update will be for the weekend of the 26th & 27th January with normal service being resumed for the weekend of the 23rd & 24th March.

Fear not, however!

The weekly roster will be posted on the Home section of the website, so please look on the website for an update. Our marketing team are a busy lot with not enough hours in their day, but will hope to post the roster by the Thursday evening prior to the weekend.

Locomotive Roster for the weekend 12th & 13th January 2019

With the reduced number of passengers on our winter services our steam hauled services consist of 4 coaches, sufficient for Class 2 motive power, which this weekend will be BR Class 2MT 2-6-0 78022 with 5 round trips on Saturday, Green timetable, and 4 on Sunday to the Blue timetable.

Visitors should note that we are now operating to a revised Green timetable with the first Saturday diesel railcar service of the day departing from Haworth at 09.00 and not Oxenhope as in previous years. The diesel service will be operated on both days by our Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Oxenhope Buffet Opening Hours

With the change of the times of the first train from Oxenhope, the Buffet opening times have been changed. The Buffet will open 30 minutes before the first train departs Oxenhope, ie 09.45

Advance Notice

As Winter bites and the News Editor advances in years, like our Summer birds, he is heading south for an extended break and a well earned (at least he thinks so) holiday of a lifetime. Unfortunately a replacement editor has not been trained up yet, so, reluctantly, you will not receive a locomotive roster update each week to your in-box. The last update will be for the weekend of the 26th & 27th January with normal service being resumed for the weekend of the 23rd & 24th March.

Fear not, however!

The weekly roster will be posted on the Home section of the website, so please look on the website for an update. Our marketing team are a busy lot with not enough hours in their day, but will hope to post the roster by the Thursday evening prior to the weekend.

Trackside Talks

In conjunction with the Bahamas Locomotive Society we are delighted to announce a series of short talks by prominent members of the KWVR & BLS. These talks, that will cover railway matters both locally and nationally, will take place in the Learning Coach at Ingrow West station.

Most talks take place during the day, are FREE to anyone who wishes to attend and there is no need to book in advance. However it would be very helpful to us if you could register your interest to attend by calling 07825 632 123 or emailing learning@ingrowloco.com.

January

  • Sunday 13th, 11.00 – 12.00: Imperial Jubilees – The Curious Story of the Origins of the Territorial Names of LMS Jubilee Class Locomotives (David Pearson)
  • Sunday 20th, 11.00 – 11.45: Re-building Ingrow Station – A Walking Talk and Tour (David Pearson)
  • Sunday 27th, 11.00 – 12.00: Bradford’s Railway that Never Was – The Midland’s Lost Route to the North (David Pearson)

February

  • Sunday 17th, 14.00 – 15.00: Preserved Steam Locomotives Stateside (Richard Greenwood)
  • Sunday 24th, 11.00 – 12.00: Rocket to Metrolink – Greater Manchester Transport Heritage and Operation (Keith Whitmore)

March

  • Sunday 3rd, 11.00 – 12.00: Steam Locomotive No. 1054 – A Mobile National Trust Property (Pete Skellon)
  • Saturday 9th, 17.00 – 18.30: The Artistry of Eric Treacy and other Rail Cameramen (John Hillier)
  • Saturday 16th, 11.00 – 12.00: Island Tracks – Railways on the Isle Of Wight Part 1 [pre-December 1966] (Ian Purkis)

April

  • Friday 5th, 18.00 – 19.30: The Bahamas Locomotive Society – A Preservation Pioneer (John Hillier)

Talks are FREE but, being voluntary organisations, donations are, of course, most welcome.

Locomotive Roster for the weekend 5th & 6th January 2019

As we start a new year, we must first apologise for the lack of information regarding the locomotives in operation from the 28th December to the 1st January. Sadly our normally reliable jungle drums did not come up with their usual flow of information. Rumours that the drummer had had too much sherry over the Christmas period are totally unfounded, although this weekend’s drumbeat has come a little late.

With the failure of the rostered locomotive, MR 0-6-0 4F 43924, we have had a combination of motive power with 78022, 41241 and diesel 20 031 all rallying to the call, and on New Year’s Day we had the wonderful double headed combination of BR Standard Class 2 2-6-0 78022 and BR ‘Ivatt’ 2MT 2-6-2T 41241 (illustrated above and below) – a stirring sight of 2 locomotives that returned to service in 2018 bringing in the New Year. With the number of passenger we carry on our Mince Pie Specials, we need to run 6 coaches and with 78022 and 41241, the only alternative engines available, limited to 5 coaches, extra power is required if either of these locomotives were to be used. 20 031 assisted on the 31st December and the two Class 2 locomotives combined on 1st January in perfect Winter conditions as you can see below.

With the reduced number of passengers on our winter services, this weekend’s motive power will be BR ‘Ivatt’ Class 2MT 2-6-2T 41241 hauling 4 coaches with 5 round trips on Saturday, Green timetable, and 4 on Sunday to the Blue timetable.

Visitors should note that we are now operating to a revised Green timetable with the first Saturday diesel railcar service of the day departing from Haworth at 09.00 and not Oxenhope as in previous years. The diesel service will be operated on both days by our Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Oxenhope Buffet Opening Hours

With the change of the times of the first train from Oxenhope, the Buffet opening times have been changed. The Buffet will open 30 minutes before the first train departs Oxenhope, ie 09.45

Advance Notice

As Winter bites and the News Editor advances in years, like our Summer birds, he is heading south for an extended break and a well earned holiday of a lifetime (at least he thinks so). Unfortunately a replacement editor has not been trained up yet, so, reluctantly, you will not receive a locomotive roster update each week to your in-box. The last update will be for the weekend of the 26th & 27th January with normal service being resumed for the weekend of the 23rd & 24th March.

Fear not, however!

The weekly roster will be posted on the Home section of the website, so please look on the website for an update. Our marketing team are a busy lot with not enough hours in their day, but will hope to post the roster by the Thursday evening prior to the weekend.

Locomotive Roster for the 22nd – 28th December 2018

And so we come to the end of our Santa Steam Specials this weekend and despite some atrocious weather conditions, especially last Saturday, our volunteers have, once again, delivered a memorable visit for our passengers producing lots and lots of happy faces. As this is being written, the BBC Weather App is predicting more rain for the last 3 days of Santa Steam Specials but, in theory at least, the sun will be poking its nose out at various times.

This weekend’s combination of steam locomotives will be the same as last weekend’s. On Saturday and Sunday MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 will take our festive visitors south from Keighley and on Christmas Eve, BR Standard Class 2 2-6-0 78022 will have the honours of bringing the 2018 season of Santa Steam Specials to a close.  Both locomotives will be in steam on all 3 days, with the non-operation locomotive, on standby in Haworth Yard.

This weekend the diesel locomotive will be Class 20, 20 031 on both days.

For visitors without a Santa Steam Special ticket wishing to travel along the Worth Valley, a diesel railcar service operates throughout the day by our Class 101 diesel multiple unit, starting at 09.00, giving passengers a new perspective through the forward facing windows on our diesel railcars. This service is free of charge to Santa Special ticket holders.

Our volunteers only get one day’s respite before the Railway re-opens on Boxing Day with a week of Mince Pie Specials headed by MR 4F 0-6-0 43924.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 15th & 16th December 2018

Santa Steam Specials are running to capacity, and despite the poor weather conditions we have seen lots and lots of happy faces. This weekend has the possibility of some snow showers and if that combines with clear blue skies, you have the picture postcard Santa Specials.

This weekend, as with all Santa Steam Specials, trains will have a combination of locomotives, with steam locomotives operating on the south, Oxenhope end of the train, assisted by one of our mainline diesel locomotives at the Keighley end. Once again steam motive power will be provided by 2 locomotives. On Saturday, taking its first tour of Santa duty this year, will be MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 and on Sunday BR Class 2 2-6-0 78022 will have the honours.  Both locomotives will be in steam, with the non-operation locomotive, on standby in Haworth yard.

This weekend the diesel locomotive will be Class 20, 20 031 on both days.

For visitors without a Santa Steam Special ticket wishing to travel along the Worth Valley, a diesel railcar service operates throughout the day by our Class 101 diesel multiple unit, starting at 09.00, giving passengers a new perspective through the forward facing windows on our diesel railcars. This service is free of charge to Santa Special ticket holders.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

 

‘BAHAMAS RAILTOUR 2’, Oxenhope to Carlisle 16th February 2019

 

Due to the huge success and quick sell out of the original 9th February ‘Bahamas’ Railtour, we have decided to launch a second tour date, just one week later, so that all of our wonderful enthusiasts are able to get the chance to enjoy one of 45596’s first mainline running in over 25 years!

LMS ‘Jubilee’ Class locomotive 45596 ‘Bahamas, was the first of the four Jubilees of the class to be preserved and occupies a special place in railway history as it was the very last steam engine to be modified by BR in its attempts to improve the performance of its steam fleet with the fitting of its unique double chimney and blastpipe in 1961. The Bahamas Locomotive Society (BLS) bought 45596 in 1967.

‘Bahamas’ ran on the main line (1989 – 1994) before retiring to Oxenhope Exhibition Shed in 1997. 45596 moved to Tyseley Locomotive Works in November 2013 as a result of the BLS’s successful £996k bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for help to give it the most extensive overhaul since 1961. 45596’s first steaming after its latest overhaul was on 27 September and, on its return to Ingrow, ‘Bahamas’ is about to operate on the main line once again.

Promoted by Keighley & Worth Valley Railway in partnership with Bahamas Locomotive Society, ‘Bahamas’ will run from Oxenhope to Carlisle and return on Saturday 16th February 2019.

Tickets are available to purchase online NOW! For more details and to book your ticket, click HERE to go to the main KWVR website.

Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 8th & 9th December 2018

The first Santa Steam Specials ran to capacity last weekend albeit in poor weather conditions but there were lots of smiling faces nonetheless. Hopefully this weekend will be a little better although some rain (hopefully not s much) is forecast

Throughout the Santa season, trains will have a combination of locomotives, with steam locomotives operating on the south, Oxenhope end of the train, assisted by one of our mainline diesel locomotives at the Keighley end. Steam motive power for the Santa Steam Specials will be provided by 2 locomotives, BR Class 2 2-6-0 78022 on Saturday (its 2nd day in passenger service after overhaul) and BR Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241, that hauled trains throughout last weekend, on Sunday.  This weekend the diesel locomotive will be Class 20, 20 031 on both days.

For visitors without a Santa Steam Special ticket wishing to travel along the Worth Valley, a diesel railcar service operates throughout the day by our Class 101 diesel multiple unit, starting at 09.00, giving passengers a new perspective through the forward facing windows on our diesel railcars.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 1st & 2nd December 2018

The first Santa Steam Specials run this weekend, when normal steam passenger services between now and Christmas are suspended and the pre-booked only Santa Steam Specials take centre stage. For visitors without a Santa Steam Special ticket wishing to travel along the Worth Valley a diesel railcar service operates throughout the day, starting at 09.00, giving passengers a new perspective through the forward facing windows on our diesel railcars.

Our volunteers have been working very hard decorating the carriages and stations and with trains full to capacity, it is fingers crossed that we have fair weather to greet all our little visitors to Father Christmas.

Throughout the Santa season, trains will have a combination of locomotives, with steam locomotives operating on the south, Oxenhope end of the train, assisted by one of our mainline diesel locomotives at the Keighley end. Steam motive power will be provided by BR Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241, resplendent in its festive Crimson Lake open day livery. 41241 is seen below in BR black livery, when working a Santa Steam Special on a festive snowy 27th November 2010. This weekend the diesel locomotive will be Class 20, 20 031 on both days.

On standby this weekend will be BR Class 2 2-6-0 78022, seen below on its triumphant return to service last Saturday, 24th November.

Passengers without Santa tickets can travel on the diesel railcar service, buying a ticket at the station booking halls but those travelling on the Santa Steam Special can extend their enjoyment of the Railway free of charge by taking an additional ride in the railcar. The diesel service will be in the hands of the Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

To view or download the diesel railcar timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 24th & 25th November 2018

For this, the last weekend of ‘normal’ timetabled running before Santa Steam Specials hit the Valley, we have delayed publishing the locomotive roster for this weekend pending the announcement regarding the availability of a new locomotive on the scene. Not having been in action for 17 years since withdrawal for overhaul, we are delighted to announce that our locomotive restoration team have advised us that Standard 4 Locomotive Society’s BR Standard Class  2 2-6-0 78022 will be hauling its inaugural passenger journey tomorrow (Saturday 24th November). Although not a livery carried in service with BR, 78022 looks resplendent in BR Brunswick Green, a livery normally carried, but not exclusively, by top link express locomotives.

At the time of publishing, it is likely that 78022 will not be in action on Sunday and Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241 will haul operate the steam service.

Diesel services over the weekend will be in the hands of our Class 101 DMU which starts proceedings on Saturday at 09.00 from Oxenhope.

The Winter Green timetable operates on Saturday and the Blue Winter timetable on Sunday.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power and coaching stock are available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 17th & 18th November 2018

It is as you were this weekend with both 43924 and 41241 once again on duty. On Saturday MR 0-6-0 4F 43924 will operate the steam service after our Class 101 DMU has started proceedings at 09.00 from Oxenhope. Then on Sunday 43924 is joined for a 2 steam train service by Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241.

The Winter Green timetable operates on Saturday and the Blue Winter timetable on Sunday.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power and coaching stock are available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

‘Bahamas’ Railtour to Carlisle 9th February 2019

Following the most exhaustive overhaul the locomotive has received in since 1961 and now resplendent in its Brunswick Green livery, we are delighted to announce that LMS Stanier ‘Jubilee Class’ 4-6-0 no. 45596 ‘Bahamas’, is returning to the Worth Valley and, for the first time in 25 years, will run on the mainline with seats available for the general public!

Promoted by Keighley & Worth Valley Railway in partnership with Bahamas Locomotive Society, ‘Bahamas’ will run from Oxenhope to Carlisle and return on Saturday 9th February 2019.

To find out more visit the railtour page of the KWVR website

This will be a unique opportunity, the railtour being the first time that ‘Bahamas’ has completed a revenue earning run on the mainline since 1994! Tickets are now on sale to purchase online. To book your ticket, go to www.kwvr.co.uk.

‘Bahamas’ Railtour to Carlisle 9th February 2019

Following the most exhaustive overhaul the locomotive has received in since 1961 and now resplendent in its Brunswick Green livery, we are delighted to announce that LMS Stanier ‘Jubilee Class’ 4-6-0 no. 45596 ‘Bahamas’, is returning to the Worth Valley and, for the first time in 25 years, will run on the mainline with seats available for the general public!

Promoted by Keighley & Worth Valley Railway in partnership with Bahamas Locomotive Society, ‘Bahamas’ will run from Oxenhope to Carlisle and return on Saturday 9th February 2019.

This will be a unique opportunity, the railtour being the first time that ‘Bahamas’ has completed a revenue earning run on the mainline since 1994! Tickets will be available to purchase online on Friday 16th November. To book your ticket, on Friday (and not before) go to www.kwvr.co.uk.

Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 10th & 11th November 2018

There will be 2 locomotives in use this weekend. On Saturday MR 0-6-0 4F 43924 will operate the steam service after our Class 101 DMU has started proceedings at 09.00 from Oxenhope. Then on Sunday 43924 steps down and Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241 will operate alongside the Class 101 on the 2 train Sunday service.

The Winter Green timetable operates on Saturday and the Blue Winter timetable on Sunday.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power and coaching stock are available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 3rd & 4th November 2018

Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241 has been in action for the last of the school holidays of 2018 with MR 0-6-0 4F 43924 taking over operations this weekend on the steam service with our Class 101 diesel multiple unit on the diesel turns.

 

The Winter Green timetable operates on Saturday and the Blue Winter timetable on Sunday.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power and coaching stock are available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Haworth Shop Closure 5th – 10th November

Those visiting Haworth Station will have noticed for some considerable time that the floor in the Booking Hall is uneven, the solid floor having taken a pounding over the years. The replacement of the floor is long overdue and we are pleased to announce that the old floor is being ripped up and a more ‘authentic’ Yorkstone slab floor is being laid as its replacement. The surface and substructure will be taken out and a concrete base laid on which the slabs will sit.

Accordingly, with the main running season behind us and the invasion that is Santa Steam Specials beginning on the 1st December, we are taking the opportunity to undertake the work in this quieter period. So from the 5th to 10th November 2018, Haworth shop will be closed during the work to relay the Booking Hall floor. Telephone sales will still be available, call 01535 640464 (11.00 to 16.00 Monday – Friday) or email shop@kwvr.co.uk.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Haworth Station after the 10th, when you can stand and admire our handywork (and of course visit the shop).